Tony Lustig is a dynamic saxophonist hailing from Detroit, Michigan – arguably the most soulful city in the world. As a young child, Tony was introduced to the world of music through the violin. He was taught very early on to learn music mostly by ear.
Being as there wasn’t a strings program in his school Tony needed to find an alternate means of expression. His parents offered an alto saxophone left in a dusty corner, abandoned by his older sister. As soon as the horn met his lips he felt that was it - that is what he had been looking for. He spent his childhood years playing around Detroit where he had the chance to meet and play with such Detroit greats as Marcus Belgrave and Rodney Whitaker.
These experiences would lead Tony to further his quest for musical knowledge at both Michigan State University (for his undergraduate degree) and the prestigious Juilliard School (for his masters degree).
Tony is a fiery character who attacks his music fiercely and passionately. Tony writes with the intention of stirring the soul. His melodies are memorable and his sound is moving. He strives to inspire all who listen and bring a smile to everyone he meets.
5/12/16 By Travis Rogers
The Tony Lustig Quintet is "Taking Flight"
This is a debut? The Tony Lustig Quintet sounds like they have been writing and performing these piece for decades. But Jazz is all about learning your craft—not just in the classroom—but in apprenticeships with players who are your betters. Tony Lustig has learned through the artists with whom he has performed and has developed quickly into a top-rank composer and performer.
5/16/16 By Dan Bilawsky
The Tony Lustig Quintet: "Taking Flight"
With this sterling date, up-and-comer Tony Lustig ascends to his rightful place in the pantheon of baritone saxophonists operating today. He brings together a crack crew and delivers eight originals that simultaneously dare and delight.
7/6/16 Jeff Becker